The Afterman: Descension - Coheed and Cambria

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Feb 4, 2013
    On Afterman: Descension, Coheed and Cambria prove that while they may be more accessible than ever before, it's not for lack of adventure or musical ambition, it's because of them.
  2. Mar 5, 2013
    It doesn’t quite measure up to its immediate predecessor, but it’s not far off, and taken as a whole, The Afterman is easily one of the best things the group has ever done.
  3. Feb 4, 2013
    For every sledgehammer track, there’s a garlic crusher, destructive in a lightweight and cosmopolitan kind of way.... It’s this lightness of touch and ecleticism that makes the album such a refreshingly undemanding listen.
  4. 80
    The Afterman: Descension almost manages to stand alone, but because of one key element, it doesn't. The lyrics aren't literal or married to a narrative--the theme explored through metaphor. [Mar 2013, p.87]
  5. 70
    The Afterman: Descension will keep old fans happy, but it won’t be gaining new ones.
  6. Feb 11, 2013
    By playing it safe and giving the fans exactly what they want, Coheed & Cambria have successfully delivered two of the most predictable, mundane albums I’ve ever heard.
  7. Feb 5, 2013
    All in all, not the death knell that it could have been but not the triumphant return it so could have been at the same time, Descension is another addition to the Coheed saga.
  8. Feb 4, 2013
    There’s a slight dipping point of ‘Away We Go’ and ‘Iron Fist’, and this album doesn’t stand up quite as well as either of the ‘Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star’ epics, but nonetheless this is a thoroughly thrilling entry in to Coheed and Cambria’s rich canon.
  9. Feb 26, 2013
    Like all good follow-ups, this album retains the qualities you loved about the first installment. [2 Feb 2013, p.54]
  10. 80
    The Afterman: Descension is both a thoughtful and thought-provoking album, and one that works on several levels. [Feb 2013, p.94]
  11. 70
    All in all, with bad songs few and far between, this was a pleasant surprise.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    Its simple really. This is another great Coheed album, and if you have liked their albums before (or loved as I have) you will like this one. If you have never heard of them, Descension is a damn good place to start. Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2013
    I must admit, I was a tad disappointed with Ascension, but The Hard Sell is a 5 star track and Number City is AWESOMELY FUNKY! Every other track is just...I'm speechless. This will easily be my album of the year. Full Review »
  3. May 8, 2014
    May not be as heavy hitting as Ascension but this album is still pretty good and is definitely worth listening to. Nice to see a double album actually work out well for a band that does not get enough praise for the great work they have put out. Full Review »